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In her Last Lecture to the Class of 2017, Professor and professional ballet dancer Khiara Bridges described her family’s roots in the Jim Crow South, and growing up in a family of doctors as a child who loved reading and writing, and knew, early on, that she wanted to become a lawyer instead.
In January, it was as if the U.S. Supreme Court were playing host to a tournament of champions for past winners of the Ames Moot Court Competition, with three attorneys who argued Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson having been on teams that won the competition within four years of each other at Harvard Law School.
Professor Bob Bordone began his talk to the Class of 2017 with words of appreciation: Getting to know them, he said, ‘has been a tremendous gift.” But then he apologized, explaining that he would follow last year’s lecture, “Best Job Ever,” with one with the more sobering title of “Worst Year Ever.”
"Notice is hereby given that a law school is established at the University to commence on the first Wednesday in October next,” began the Aug. 9, 1817, advertisement in Boston’s Columbian Centinel, one of many newspapers and journals that touted the opening of a new law school, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
This year, as they prepared to graduate, several members of the Class of 2017 took time to reflect on their interests and share experiences they will take from their time at Harvard Law.